The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn was an action-packed adventure tale, involving history, faith and a young woman I found quite relatable.
When Nick is hired to discover how valuable state icons are going missing, he enlists the help of long-time friend Carey Mathers. As they follow the clues, they begin to realize that this is about something much bigger than either of them ever realized. And when they befriend Dimitri, a local boater, they begin to explore how deep the conspiracy goes.
The thing I most appreciated about this book is that Carey is a little like me, an inquisitive learner with a desire for adventure, but generally just an ordinary girl. We’re both nerds in our own right. I loved that this book revolved around someone who was not necessarily extraordinary and possessed few unusual attributes. Instead, Carey is an academic with a love of history and a desire to prove herself outside of her home state.
As with many of his books, Dunn has quite the collection of unique characters. Fortunately, this novel didn’t seem as complicated as some, so it was easier for me to keep up with the plot and characters even as I read half asleep at night. I especially loved some of the supporting characters, like Eleni, whose family I would love to befriend myself. (Somewhere in my heart, I hope I run into this clan if I ever travel to Greece.)
Taking place in Greece, the book does a good job of weaving culture, place and history into action and adventure. While I hope to someday visit Greece, I feel I know now a little more about this place through the eyes of Carey, Nick and Dimitri.
Overall, I thought Dunn’s latest adventure well worth the read and would recommend it to any who appreciate a little action and suspense! I hope a sequel will soon tell us what happens to these endearing characters.
I received a complimentary copy of The Patmos Deception from Bethany House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.